If, as Walter Benjamin said, in the practice of collecting all passions trespass into chaos in a continuous tension between the two poles of order and disorder, can the same be said about museum collections?
The exhibition VX30 / CHAOTIC PASSION, designed for the 30th anniversary of Museo di Villa Croce, explored this dialectical relationship triggering a dialogue between the historical works of the collection and those produced in the last ten years from a new generation of artists.
Proceeding from the hypotesis that the permanent collection of a museum does not necessarily have to crystallize in a motionless and definitive aesthetic canon, CHAOTIC PASSION proposed a cross reading of collecting, interpreting it as a vital nucleus of works that, questioned and re-positioned in the present, offer the opportunity for revisiting and negotiations of meaning that highlight different aspects of their relevance in relation to the present.
The pubblication reveals the research work and the points of theoretical reference from which the exhibition project was articulated. In addition to the interventions in which the curators of the exhibition reconstruct the persistent relevance of abstraction and verbal-visual research in contemporary artistic practices and the potentials related to the re-reading and re-thinking of museum collections, the catalog contains extracts from Carlo's Kn Belli, considered the manifesto of Italian abstract art and published in Milan in 1935, and the reproduction of a selection of pages from the avant-garde magazine "Ana Eccetera", founded by Martino Oberto in Genoa in 1959, which illustrate the anarchist approach to language of Oberto himself.
Artists: Vincenzo Agnetti, Cesi Amoretti, Meris Angioletti, Antonio Calderara, Chiara Camoni, Alice Cattaneo, Cristian Chironi, Ettore Colla, Gianni Colombo, Pietro Consagra, Danilo Correale, Dadamaino, Corrado D'Ottavi, Claire Fontaine, Lucio Fontana, Virginio Ghiringhelli, Silvia Giambrone, Alice Guareschi, Osvaldo Lucini, Piero Manzoni, Jacopo Miliani, Margherita Morgantin, Rebecca Moccia, Bruno Munari, Andrea Nacciarriti, Anna Oberto, Pennacchio Argentato, Serena Porrati, Maria Domenica Rapicavoli, Mauro Reggiani, Regina, The Cool Couple, Ben Vautier, Serena Vestrucci, Rodolfo Vitone, Void, Gianfranco Zappettini.
The photographic documentation of the exhibition was realized by Nuvola Ravera.
The catalogue is published by Il Canneto Editore with the graphic project curated by
Nom de Plume.